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  1. Anonymous
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    English Grammar

    Please explain the difference between the following:

    "IF I WERE THERE,I WOULD NOT ACCEPT THEIR INVITATION"

    "IF I HAD BEEN THERE, I WOULD NOT ACCEPT THEIR INVITATION"

  2. RonBee's Avatar
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    #2
    The first one has to do with the present, and the second one has to do with the past.

    (Say: "If I had been there I would not have accepted their invitation.")

    :)

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    The first could also refer to an unlikely future event.

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